Hiking on the western cape of Crete will leave you speechless! Gazing the endless blue on blue views and feeling the fresh air in your face, while you walk through wild Cretan landscapes! It is such an amazing feeling! Almost every weekend we spend our time in outdoor adventures. Thankfully Crete is a heaven for outdoor activities. We are blessed with gorgeous weather (almost) all year round, so if it’s not a super rainy and cold day, you’ll probably find us hiking or off-roading all over Crete. Our favourite trails include sea views and mountain landscapes, so as you can imagine we looooved hiking on this cape!
We took this hike early in November, the sun was shining brightly and the temperature was perfect. We prepared our backpacks and off we go! We drove to the tiny village of Kaliviani, a picturesque little place from where we went off-roading. We recommend a 4-wheel drive for this trail, since the road gets a little bumpy. After about 30 minutes driving we reached the end of the road, where we parked our car. There you will find 2 different paths, the first one -the most famous- leads to the fantastic beach of Balos (or Balos Lagoon). We took the second one, (which doesn’t end up on a beach) and we hiked across the cape of Gramvousa.
The path is quite distinct and easy, however it’s difficult to walk without stopping every here and there to admire the amazing landscape. Right in the middle of the trail there is a rest area, where you can take a rest on a bench, and stare over the unlimited blue landscape. Right across you will see two small islets, named Agria Gramvousa (Wild Gramvousa) and Imeri Gramvousa (Tame Gramvousa). Every spot in Crete is full of history and so are these small islets! In Imeri Gramvousa you can see the ruins of a fort that was built by the Venetians back in 1500. To visit these islets you can take a boat from the port of Kissamos village.
The view is really breathtaking and you’ll probably take a lot of pics, at least *we* did! The flora of this cape is pretty scarce, since it’s a rocky place, however you will find low bushes and many endemic plants. It’s very possible that goats will accompany you through your trail – they are so camera friendly!
After this sort break you have to decide either if you wanna go back or you feel like make it to the end. We walked through the end of the path, where the cape comes to an end. As the path continues, the terrain is getting rough and you should be more careful. At the very end of the path you have to walk on extra sharp rocks, while you getting closer to the steep cliffs. As you can imagine, the second part of the path isn’t as easy as the first one∙scary cliffs, stiff rocks, but we really enjoy being there- in a pure Cretan wild landscape. Absolutely magical time. If you watch carefully, you can even see the island of Kythira, which is located about 200km from Crete! The energy in this place is epic! You can just breathe and reboot! Take some time to explore this beautiful place and soak in all these views. Trails like this makes you feel connected to yourself and to the earth and leave you with a sense of achievement.
On our way back, we stopped on a local taverna to taste some Cretan organic food. Greek salad, spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves, dakos, stamnagkathi, and more.. Have you got a favourite Mediterranean dish? Share your thoughts bellow!
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